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Weisser Stein

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Pretty much a combination of singletrack and forest access roads. All spiral around the hill, eventually leading up to Weisser Stein. Condition-wise it is usually fairly dry from end of April through to September. The rest of the year you have a lot of slippery leaves, often hiding stones and roots (all even more slippery in combination with one another). Some of the singletrack can get real steep if you are riding up it, but it is a nice chance to practice your technical skills. Closer to Heidelberg you have a lot of tourists and walkers. The further up you get, the less people you will encounter. For really long rides, you can take off from the Weisser Stein into the Odenwald and here your opportunity for tours are infinite.
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Latitude
49.38606049405031
Longitude
8.680229187011718
Trail Directions
This is not a description of one trail but the network of trails above Heidelberg on the other side of the river all leading up to the "Weisser Stein." The easiest way to access these trails is to ride up the Philosophenweg and after a short asphalt ascent, get on the dirt up to the Stein. You can also hit the trails from the other side of the hill in Dossenheim or Handschuhsheim, or alternately from Ziegelhausen. Trailheads are easy to find in all locations. You can't get lost on these trails as all intersections have large stones marked with directions. In between you have singletrack connection the larger thoroughfares with one another. You can do a short evening ride here of a couple of kilometeres or you can spend the whole day riding around multiple trails.
Trail Length
2-20 km no problem
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Heidelberg
   


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Review Date
March 21, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Stephen ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Hey All,
My other half and I are moving to Heidelberg in late June and i am looking to meet up with some folks that ride regularly. Is there a great bike shop in town I should look for? Any information would be awesome, what is the riding like around Heidelberg? Thanks for any and all beta!
Cheers,
Glover



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Review Date
September 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jonesy33 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First off, the riding in Heidelberg is fantastic. It offers just about anything to anyone... except flat trails. The hill above Heidelberg is a spiderweb of Paved/semi improved bike paths, fire roads, foot paths, and 1-foot wide muddy ruts. It really runs the full gamut. Once you get familiar with it... or if you are visiting ride with someone who is familiar with it, and you can do a two hour ride on almost all dirt single-track without hitting the same spot twice... and that's just in the 30% of the hill that I am familiar with. If you prefer, however you can take it easier on the fire roads etc.

As far as technical... it runs the gamut here too. There aren't a whole lot of log obstacles or other built-up features. Very few stream crossings, but there are definitely some technically challenging trails... mainly in the rocky decents or climbs.

As far as a workout... stretch your climbing muscles well as almost every single meter of the trails here goes either up or down. You're either descending with a big goofy or grin, or climbing with a big ugly grimmace on your face. There are trails that go almost straight up the hill and they are heart-attack steep. Or if you prefer you can go back and forth across the mountainside on trails that more gradually lead to the top. It's not hard at all to take a route that keeps you climbing and in the top 80% to 90% of your Max Heart Rate for 45 minutes or more.

If you are in the Area and have access to a bike, make the time to get out there. You won't regret it. I do recommend making contact with someone who knows the trails though, because while others have posted, yes it is hard to get 'lost.' You'll easily be able to find your way back to town. But to really get the best out of these trails and keep most of your time on single-track, you need to know which trail to take where.

Final note: go to the Rathaus (city government buiolding) or the info Kiosk at the main train station and buy a "Rad un Wanderkarte" It is a hiking anbd biking map. IT shows all of the little traills on the hill to about 95% accuracy. Anything that says 'pfad' is usually what we would call 'single-track' and anything that says weg is usuallyt a little more developed, but this is the 'general' rule and does not apply to all of them.




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Review Date
January 15, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Turtlescash ,  Downhiller

Summary:
The Freeride trail up there rocks. Goto the top and have some food and then bomb DH/FR trail and have a blast. The people that run the restraunt up there ROCK. They are very nice to riders. So be respectful to them. Watch out for the jumps on the second half of the trail.

Recommended Route:
DH/FR trail



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Review Date
August 14, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: windsucker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trail. Rode it for the first time and was thoroughly satisfied. Great aerobic workout getting to the top, and a fun, tricky (not really technical) downhill with a few great switchbacks. Saw tons of other trails we could have ridden also but ran out of daylight. Must ride if in Germany (JD Jr. is slow). Also, great view of castle from top, if you are a pic taker bring a camera.

Recommended Route:
We parked in downtown Heidelberg by the Woolworth's. Rode across the river, took a left and then the very first road on the right. At the highest point on the road (maybe about 2 miles?) take a right. Ride up that road a couple of hundred yards and look for the single track going up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Don't know any others



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Review Date
January 16, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Eric Somitsch ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Certainly a nice area to ride and pretty "aerobic" but lacks the technical difficulty. Not much single trail, rocks or anything.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Follow the withe trail marks. Ride up Philophenweg, down to Neckarsteinach, up again and towards Nackargemuend, ride down and cross the river and ride back up on the other side to the top of the mountain and then down a nice single track back to Heidelberg. Overall not technical but a nice 2.5 hours ride.



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